Director and Teacher at Kapiti Yoga

"Our yoga practice constantly needs to change and evolve in response to what is happening in our lives in the present moment. Yoga is a journey of self discovery, we learn about who we are, and about the unlimited potential within each of us.

After 26 years of practice I am still learning and am constantly amazed by the profound journey that yoga has to offer. I offer my humble gratitude to all yogis past and present who have walked the path of yoga."

Yoga and meditation teacher Marie Andrews brings a lifetime of experience to Kapiti Yoga. Yoga is a holistic way of life for Marie, she has been teaching full time for 16 years and has practiced yoga since 1984.

Although born and raised in New Zealand, Marie lived in Sydney, Australia for 12 years. A keen surfer and traveller, Marie's interest in yoga and meditation was sparked by travels to Thailand and India. In 1998 Marie completed a two year teacher training program in the classical style of Hatha Yoga. This in depth program included training in asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), yoga nidra (relaxation) and meditation.

After completing her teacher training, Marie spent two years managing a successful yoga studio on Sydney's Northern Beaches. In 2005 Marie, her husband Matt and their two children moved to Kapiti. Together with Matt, Marie established a successful yoga centre in Raumati Beach where she managed and taught for four years, offering a full timetable of classes and many popular community events.

Marie has continued to deepen her practice of yoga and meditation, and her understanding of the origins of these practices, through ongoing retreats and trainings in India, Thailand and Europe. Marie's enthusiasm and passion for yoga is evident in every class she teaches and her down-to-earth approach puts students at ease and appeals to people from all different backgrounds.

Committed to bringing the benefits of yoga to everyone, Marie has experience teaching all levels of yoga classes and has designed and delivered yoga courses for pregnant women, young children, teenagers, and seniors. Marie also has extensive experience coordinating and leading workshops, retreats and yoga teacher trainings.

In addition to teaching group classes, Marie offers private one-on-one sessions. These sessions are intended for therapeutic purposes or to support students who wish to focus on particular elements of their practice.